Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., University of Trento (2013, International Studies)
Jacobs University Bremen (2008, Integrated Social Sciences)


Yuliya Zabyelina, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department with teaching and service in the BA program in International Criminal Justice (ICJ), MA program in International Crime & Justice (IC&J), and the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies (ACTOCS). 

She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Trento, Italy, where she studied the role of state failure in furthering opportunities for transnational organized crime. Dr. Zabyelina’s research covers various forms of transnational organized crime and corruption and the existing domestic, regional and global mechanisms for their prevention and control. Despite her research predominantly focusing on topics of global importance, Dr. Zabyelina is also interested in politics and security in countries of the former Soviet Union, mainly Ukraine and Russia.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Zabyelina held a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and lectured at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the E4J teaching modules on organized crime and E4J teaching modules on anti-corruption and has taught at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Germany).


JJC Affiliations

International Criminal Justice BA, International Crime & Justice MA

Professional Memberships

Dr. Zabyelina is actively involved in a number of professional associations around the world, including Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (2019-present); Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) (2014-present); ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime (SGOC) (2012-present); Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) (2017, 2018, 2019); and International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC): (2016-2018). Between 2019 and 2022, she will serve as the ACJS NGO Alternate Representative to the United Nations and will attend the sessions of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Austria.

Course Taught

  • ICJ 101 Introduction to International Crime and Justice
  • ICJ 401 Capstone Seminar in International Crime and Justice
  • POL 260 International Relations
  • POL 325  The Politics of Transnational Crime (face-to-face and fully online)
  • POL 385 Supervised Research Experience in Political Science
  • POL 387 Faculty Mentored Research
  • ICJ 380 Selected Topics in International Criminal Justice
  • ICJ/PAD 762 Corruption and Global Economy (face-to-face and fully online)
  • ICJ 706 Transnational Crime  (face-to-face and fully online)

Diplomacy Lab projects; Study-Abroad Program to Vienna, Austria (June 9 - June 30, 2018; June 27-July 18, 2020)

Languages spoken/fluent in

Ukrainian; Russian

Scholarly Work


Zabyelina, Y., and Van Uhm, D. (Eds.). Organized Crime and Corruption in the Mining Industry: Illegal Extraction,  Trafficking in Mined Commodities, and Environmental Harm [Tentative title]. (under contract with Palgrave).

Zabyelina, Y. Between Impunity and Accountability for Transnational Crime: Policy and Legal Approaches to Immunity from Jurisdiction [Tentative title](In progress). 

Refereed journal articles 


Book chapters 


Encyclopaedia entries   * denotes a student co-author

Honors and Awards

Dr. Zabyelina has been recognized with several professional awards, including the Newton International Fellowship (2013), SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2015) and Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2015). She is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award granted to faculty who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and the 2016 John Jay College Donald MacNamara Award for junior faculty.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Human Trafficking
Organized Crime
Terrorism & Violent Extremism

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • transnational organized crime
  • (anti)-corruption and asset recovery
  • international/transnational criminal law
  • European and post-Soviet politics
  • global security governance
In The Media


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